Sunday, July 14, 2013

You've Been Slimed: Snail Beauty Facials!

The world is no secret to strange beauty treatments (kitty litter face scrubs, bird poop facials...) and now comes the latest beauty trick that is all the rage in Japan (where else?)... slimy snail treatments.

An exclusive salon in Tokyo has been charging a pretty yen for the privilege of allowing the creepy crawlies to slither around their clientele’s pampered faces... all in the name of beauty. Apparently, the slime the snails secrete contains an anti-wrinkle ingredient. According to The Telegraph UK:

"The secreted snail mucus is key to the facial, as it reportedly contains a beauty-boosting cocktail of proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which help skin retain moisture, reduce inflammation and remove dead skin."

Indeed, the anti-inflammatory nature of the snail mucus was known centuries ago by certain indigenous South American tribes, but having snails crawl around one’s face? What is involved in that bird poop beauty treatment again? 

You can watch a demonstration of the icky beauty treatment in the video below:

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